It symbolizes Japan by itself. At the corner of a street in Tokyo or Kyoto, or even Matsumoto, it is common to see men and especially women wearing their traditional and fantastic kimonos. This iconic piece of clothing, oh-so characteristic to Japan image is given pride of place in a comelling exhibition running from Tuesday November 22, 2022 to Sunday May 28, 2023, at Paris Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac.
Although years go by, kimono (literally “a thing to wear”) remains a fascinating and striking clothing. It is at the beginning of the Edo era (1603-1868) that the kimono is found in the Japanese streets, becoming the traditional clothing in the country of the Rising Sun. At the time, Japanese people wear this outfit, no matter their social status or gender, and kabuki actors become the first fashion icons in Japan.
It is only when Japan opens to foreign trade, and especially in the 1850’s, that kimono is exported to the West. From this moment on, kimono inspires a lot of major stylists such as John Galliano, or Alexander McQueen, fascinated by the shape and fabrics of this clothing. In Japan, kimono has been upgraded and updated, revisited in an innovative fashion by several celebrities from international pop.
Whether worn traditionally or in a more subversive and modern way, kimono is an outfit making a lot of people dream. Come and discover its story across the centuries and continents for this incredible exhibition you do not want to miss, running from November 22, 2022, to May 28, 2023, at the Musée du Quai Branly.
Dates and Opening Time
From 22 November 2022 to 28 May 2023
Musée du quai Branly Jacques Chirac
75007 Paris 7
Métro ligne 9 station "Iéna", RER C station "Pont de l'Alma"
Tarif réduit: €9
Plein tarif: €12